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A Lady in Hiding by Amy Corwin

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A tragic case of arson sends Sarah into hiding to escape the terrible fate of her family. She works as a common laborer, and is safe for thirteen years, until she receives an ominous note. Despite her disguise, the killer has caught up with her, and she is once again in danger from a man determined to silence all echoes from the past.

William, an inquiry agent, is consumed with curiosity when he meets Sarah and hears about her case. And one look into her gray eyes has him hooked. Even though the evidence is scanty after so many years, he vows to assist her, unaware how events will challenge him both as a man of honor and as an investigator.

When a second attempt is made on Sarah’s life, William is forced to follow a treacherous path through the twisted, dark past. And his growing attraction to the independent woman proves just as dangerous. He needs a clear head to sift through the ashes of the old tragedy, with its hints of corruption reaching into the highest levels of Society. Above all, he must protect Sarah, regardless of personal cost.

Love must find a way to bring the two together and thwart a desperate arsonist, or the last survivor of the long-ago fire will die.

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SNIPPET 1

Now, as if aware of her scrutiny, Major Pickering caught her gaze across the street between them. His attention fixed on her. His body stiffened like a dog pointing at a likely grouse. Sam stepped closer to the brick building at the edge of the sidewalk seeking the safety of its towering shadow, her skin prickling.

She glanced around, trying to listen over the pounding of her heart. No one shouted. No one except the major showed any interest in her—other than sheer annoyance when she impeded the smooth flow of foot traffic.

Major Pickering raised his hand, his eyes intent on her face. She took a slow step forward.

Then without warning, he stumbled. His hand fell to his side. His gaze wavered. A look of confusion passed over his thin face. Glancing down, he pressed a hand to his side. And as he brought his palm up in front of his face, his legs buckled beneath him. He fell sharply to his knees, and with a shudder, he raised his head. His gaze once more met Sam’s as his mouth worked soundlessly.

A sense of urgency sent her running forward, hand outstretched. Alarmed by the pallor of his face, she tried to reach him to hear the words he uselessly mouthed. Then, although she couldn’t be sure with the jostling men between them, he shook his head slightly in warning. A spasm twisted his features.

Sam stopped and watched in agonized horror as he slowly crumpled, face down, onto the pavement.

SNIPPET 2

Archer arched his back and dug in a pocket, drawing out a flattened slug of metal. He threw it at William, who caught it in one hand. A spent bullet, dimpled and compressed where it had hit the brick wall. He raised a brow and caught Archer’s eye.

“Looks like our sleeping lad is in need of watching,” Archer said. When he didn’t answer, Archer leaned forward, his voice softer. “I didn’t fire the rifle, son. Remember that. Your Mr. Sanderson is safe in this house.”

He caught himself rigidly, just before he accidentally referred to Sam as ‘she’. “Is he?”

“Why not? What would I want with a bricklayer? Other than to finish that blasted garden wall, of course. Which looks like it will never get done, now. I promised my wife it would be completed in time to plant the summer herbs—and it’s April already.” He snorted. “Like as not, it’ll be fall again before these blockheads complete it.”

“I hope this incident hasn’t upset your wife.”

“Not at all. Tender-hearted female—always worries over the merest trifles.”

“She seemed upset when she heard his name. Perhaps she knows him? Or his family?”

“There are scores of Sandersons littering the English countryside. No doubt, she knows several of them. She may even have thought she knew this one.”

“Does she?”

“It’s hard to say. Did you notice that peculiar scar on his forehead? The one shaped like a star?”

The mark could no longer be seen. Sam’s entire head was swathed in yards of white linen, but William nodded slowly and cautiously.

How much should he reveal? He chose the easy course. Nothing.

“What of it?” He asked.

 

SNIPPET 3

“Get back into bed, or I’ll put you there,” William said.

Sam’s eyes turned silver as she studied him, her head cocked to one side. “If you think you can, try.”

“I don’t foresee any difficulties,” he said, striding toward her. After all the stabbing and head bashing, he’d have thought she’d have enough sense to stay abed.

Obviously, he was wrong.

He came to a stop mere inches from her, hoping to discomfort her at least half as much as she had discomforted him since their first meeting.

She stared at him, her chin thrust out at a mutinous angle. Although she blinked a few times, she didn’t back away.

He frowned.

Her eyes blinked more rapidly.

So he did the only thing he could think of that would put the fear of God into her soul.

He leaned nearer and kissed her.

Meet Amy Corwin:

Amy Corwin is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She has been writing for a number of years and recently retired from a career as an enterprise systems administrator in the computer industry to write full time. She writes mysteries, sweet Regency romances, and paranormal romances. To be truthful, most of her books include a bit of murder and mayhem since she discovered that killing off at least one character is a highly effective way of encouraging the remaining ones to toe the plot line.

In her spare time she cooks, gardens and has won several awards at local rose shows for her Old Garden and English roses. She is also a birdwatcher and generally fascinated with nature, having gotten her first Peterson’s Field Guide when she was six years old.

Join her and discover that every good mystery has a touch of romance.

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Nacreous by Sarah Elle Emm

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About the Book:
After two members of The Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA’s tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president’s forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be on the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they’ve been fighting for.
 
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Hooray, it is finally release day for Nacreous! Thanks for stopping by the fabulous Release Day Blitz, organized by b00k r3vi3w Tours. To kick off the blitz, here are a couple of “Fun Facts” about my writing process… I hope you enjoy!


Writing Playlist:

So…Music. Some authors swear by it. They have their playlist set in the background while they pen their latest manuscript. Me? Not exactly. Music is very important to me. I believe in dance parties, and by dance parties I mean cranking up my I-pod to the music fitting my mood, be this salsa, classic rock, blues, country, classical, whatever, and dancing alone in my room or kitchen. (Yes, I said classical and country in the same list). My kids may or may not be in attendance. They like to watch and laugh. Sometimes, they join in. But as far as my writing process goes, the music is sort of my warm up. So I might turn on some music that fits my mood for parts of the story and listen to it in my car or at my desk before I write, but not while I am actually writing. I need it to be quiet in the room, so I can tell the story…(Ahem, hear what my characters are trying to tell me). 😉 While I wrote Nacreous, and the other books in the Harmony Run Series, my favorite music warm-up to set the mood was Lorde. Specifically, the songs Team and A World Alone. In fact, if any of the books from my series could be made for film, I would beg producers to include one of those songs in the movies.


My Writing Process:

I can’t sit down and force myself to write everyday because it begins to feel too mechanical, but I am definitely one of those people who thinks about writing, story ideas, characters, scenarios all of the time, awake or asleep. I love using my dreams in my writing and have written a few of them into scenes in the Harmony Run Series. Back in college, the good ol’ stone ages, I had one of the most terrifying dreams of my life about a man with a triangular-shaped eye chasing me down a corridor, one door after the other, with this woman’s voice echoing all around us, telling him to kill me. When I got to the end of the corridor, I opened the last door, and he was standing there facing me. I woke up sobbing…About a year later, a psychology professor at my university asked some of us to share dreams with him so he could demonstrate dream analysis. I bravely raised my hand, (this was huge for me, since I am very shy in person), and shared my dream in vivid detail. After I finished talking, the entire class got eerily quiet and the professor told me I was dealing with issues beyond his realm of help, and went on to the next student’s dream. That student shared a dream about not being able to make a goal in a soccer match, and the professor dissected his dream in depth for fifteen minutes. Years later, I incorporated that dream, adding on some twists and turns of course, into book one from the Harmony Run Series, Prismatic. 


I also come up with ideas when I’m looking out of the kitchen window, when I’m walking, driving, cooking, gardening, taking my kids to martial arts, helping with their homework, basically, every waking moment. I take heaps of notes. I jot notes down for days. And when I’m ready, I sit down and type everything I can. I woke up the other night, and grabbed the notebook and pen beside my bed and wrote down an idea for another story. So my writing process is sort of a twenty-four hour thing. Oh, and probably the most important part of the process…How could I forget? My dog, Shorty, has to harass me to sit in my lap throughout the day. She eventually gives up and sleeps at my feet or nearby. She spares me the occasional glance or sighs every so often when I talk too much. Yes, I like to talk aloud to myself more often than not. If that dog could talk…Well, thankfully that’s not an issue. Here’s a photo of my writing pal…

Isn’t she cute? I hope you stick around to read about Nacreous. I’m going to look up that old psychology professor to see if he wants to read my latest book… 😉


Previous Books in the Series:

 
  
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About the Author:



Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.


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Here are the Winners of Blood Ties by Nicholas Guild

blood ties hc mech.inddMy lovely wife, Norma Jean, drew the three winning entries last night, and here they are!

Sheila K. from FL

Alicia G. from TN

Andrew B. from CT

I have sent your names and mailing address to Meredith Summers, a Publicist at Tor/Forge Books. Thanks Meredith for letting me host this Giveaway.

Final chance to win a hardcover copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

Tor/Forge Books is giving Three lucky readers of my blog a chance to win a copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

(Limited to readers who live in the U.S. and Canada)

The giveaway will end Monday, May 11th (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The 3 winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on May 12th. I will also send an email to the lucky winners.

Go to the original page to enter. Click below.

Book Giveaway! Win a hardcover copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

Book Giveaway! Win a hardcover copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

Tor/Forge Books is giving Three lucky readers of my blog a chance to win a copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

(Limited to readers who live in the U.S. and Canada)

Book Description

blood ties hc mech.inddIn BLOOD TIES, Guild explores in true psychologically thrilling fashion, the complexity of relationships and the chilling motives of what drives someone to murder….
BLOOD TIES is an elegant and frightening thriller about a serial killer pursued by a homicide detective and the killer’s own son.
Homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD is tracking a serial killer terrorizing young women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ridley is sure she’s cornered her most likely suspect: Stephen Tregear, a hacker and code breaker who works for U.S. naval intelligence. But Tregear is not the killer…he’s the killer’s son.
Ridley and Tregear team up to look for Tregear’s father, Walter, in an elaborate game of murderous cat and mouse. As the body count rises, Ridley must race against the clock to stop Walter before he kills any more women – and Tregear must finally confront the father who has been trying to kill him for twenty years.

Praise for Nicholas Guild

“Guild’s drop-dead characterizations of police men and women, his perfect-pitch dialogue, and the serpentine coils of a plot that’s absorbing and shocking support this unusually convincing combination of romance and homicide.”
Publishers Weekly, « Starred Review « Blood Ties

“This psychological thriller explores the impact of growing up in an abusive, isolated family. One family member grows up to be a brutal serial killer and another becomes someone who puts himself at risk to save the lives of strangers. Guild delivers an unusual plot and a fascinating read.”
RT Book Reviews, «««« on Blood Ties

“Completely riveting, a cat and mouse thriller every suspense fan will crave—original, smart, taut, and surprising. I could not turn the pages fast enough.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony, and
Macavity Award–winning author of The Other Woman

“The almost languid grace of [Guild’s] writing also sets the measured pace of the storytelling, while wrapping the narrative in an atmosphere thick with sensuality. As thrillers go, this one’s a luxury model.”
New York Times Book Review on Angel

“An intricate, wonderfully paced tale.”
Publishers Weekly, « Starred Review «, on Angel

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

nicholas guild 2NICHOLAS GUILD was born in Belmont, California and attended Occidental College and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at Clemson and Ohio State before turning full-time to writing fiction. He has published a dozen novels, several of which were international bestsellers including The Assyrian (1998), Blood Star (1989), and Angel (1995). Guild now lives in Fredrick, Maryland.

Contest Details

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Send an email to contest at mackela dot com.
In the subject line, enter “Blood Ties“

In the body of the email, please provide a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)

Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the  U.S. and Canada.

The giveaway will end Monday, May 11th (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The Three winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on May 12th. I will also send an email to the lucky winners.

Good Luck!

Blog Tour: Gambit by C.L. Denault

About Gambit:

Gambit CoverIn Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.

Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?

Get Gambit in paperback or for your kindle today!

About the author:

cldenault_authorphotoC.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue. A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code-writing skills to care for her family (including a son with special needs), and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.

Writing stories and posting on The INFJ Café are her biggest passions, along with drinking coffee and watching sci-fi. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and kids, she can usually be found at a library or tucked away in the shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse. She’s also been glimpsed sneaking into her garage, late at night, to work on her time machine.

Her debut novel, Gambit, is the first in a Young Adult dystopian series.

Find out more at cldenault.com, twitter or facebook.

Pendergast Giveaway is over! Here are the winners.

Blue Labyrinth HRI received a lot of entries for this giveaway.

 

I was glad to see that so many people like the Pendergast series.

 

So without any further ado, here are the winners.

 

The first book is going to…

Erica J. from Florida

 

The second book is going to…

Paul V. from South Carolina

 

I hope you both enjoy your books. I have emailed the publisher with your mailing addresses. Hope you get them soon.

If you didn’t win and want to try again

GimmeThatBook is also having a GiveAway for Blue Labyrinth.

She asked me to let you know. So go over there and try again. Here is the link to the giveaway page.

http://www.gimmethatbook.com/blue-labyrinth-giveaway/

Good Luck!

Today is the last day for #BlueLabyrinth #GiveAway

Blue Labyrinth HRI am so excited to be able to give two of my readers a copy of the newest book in the Pendergast series, Blue LabyrinthThe publisher is restricting the contest to the US and Canada. You have until Thursday November 6th at Midnight EST to enter.

If you would like to enter, just go to the original giveaway page, for the details.

Here is the link, BLUE LABYRINTH (PENDERGAST #14) GIVEAWAY